Last year, a heartbreaking photograph showing a Danish charity worker giving water to a starving 2-year-old Nigerian boy took the internet by storm. The boy had been abandoned and left for dead by his family because they thought he was a witch.
The toddler was found severely emaciated after wandering the streets alone for eight months. It’s hard to believe, but thousands of Nigerian children like him are accused of witchcraft and are subjected to fear and torture as a result.
Anja Ringgren Loven, who found him in Uyo, southeast Nigeria, says the boy, whom she named Hope, had been living on the streets and survived on scraps from passersby.
The caring aid worker has made it her life’s mission to save impoverished or neglected children in Uyo. She and her husband run African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, an organization that attempts to save ‘witch children’ and educate these communities about the primitive belief.
“I have chosen to call the boy Hope for right now, we all hope that he survives,” she said.
Now, the starving child is making a miraculous recovery. Images of Hope looking much healthier were recently posted by Anja on Facebook.
His transformation is truly remarkable. “He had gained weight and the next step in his recovery is talking,” Anja wrote on her post.
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